Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

Email me: theseagarden@btinternet.com

Monday, 29 September 2014

Coming to Chelsea!

Whilst at the shop everything....
is calm and organised......

 at home.....
my workroom is a flurry of fabrics and lace and buttons.....
making things ready for The Decorative Living Fair on Thursday!

Every morning I go and pick a handful of blackberries to go on my Alpen.....
it's probably my one moment of calm the whole day!

Chelsea Old Town Hall,
Kings Road, London

10am - 7pm
Thursday 2nd October

Please be aware that I can no longer accept payment by credit or debit card whilst at the fair, and that goes for many of the other exhibitors too, so if you are coming along please bring plenty of cash and a cheque book!

Here are just some of the exhibitors who will be there:

Nikki Page Antiques, Charlotte Casadejus, Hesta Nesta, Hen's Teeth, Chloe Antiques, Beyond France, Blue Linen, Weathered and Worn, Little Wren, Selvedge, Pomme, Nordic Grey, Belle Epoque, Katherine Pole, Gill Fox Hat Designs, Plantworks, Muir and Osborne, Betty and Violet and many more...... 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

So after an absence of two years I am back running 'The Sea Garden' again.....It still feels a little strange being back in the shop, but the welcome I have received from both villagers and visitors over the last few days has been quite overwhelming - thank you!

I bought this Victorian dress in the summer especially to put in the shop window. I thought I would try it on for fun and to my surprise it fitted like a glove. My friend Jan took a couple of photos of me wearing it....

So you never know, you might see me in it in the shop sometimes!

The Sea Garden, Portscatho, South Cornwall
Open every afternoon during September
1 - 5.30pm

except for the following dates: 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 30th September when I will be attending fairs.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


I am busy preparing for my next trip in the van, firstly up to the Cotswolds for the Cotswolds Vintage Fair on Saturday 16th (see side bar), and then down to West Sussex for 'The Summer Brocante' at Wisborough Green on Saturday 23rd August, both of which I am very much looking forward to. And I shall have a week in-between to explore a little bit more of the country! I especially love the area around Broadway, just a few miles from Toddington where the Cotswolds Vintage Fair takes place. Snowshill Manor is a must (surely the most fascinating house anywhere), and the gardens of Kiftsgate and Hidcote as well as all those beautiful cottages and the rolling Cotswold hills....

So I thought I would show you a taster of what will be on my stall: new 'Packs of Inspiration' above; some of which contain blank cards with envelopes so that you can enjoy making your own cards...... 
Little tins containing a mixture of mother-of-pearl buttons, vintage beads, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystal......

and a charm necklace assembled from an old key and some vintage buttons and beads.

New butterfly cards.....

There will be quite a selection of lace for sale, both machine-made and hand-done, ranging from fine lace trims to larger net pieces.

Cards depicting old clothes patterns from the 40's, 50's and 60's, ornamented with a swatch of vintage fabric and a button.

Old French paper roses, presented with a hand-made label, make a simple and romantic gift.

I do hope to meet some of you at either one of the two fairs....for more info just click on the pictures on the sidebar and see below.

Lucy Haywood of 'Love Lane Vintage' presents 'The Summer Brocante'
75 hand-picked exhibitors selling a wonderful array of country antiques, textiles, homewares and hand-made treasures

11am - 5pm
Plenty of parking
Wisborough Green, West Sussex

Entrance £4

There will be a cricket match on the village green and summer lunches served alongside hedgerow inspired cocktails and real ales.....a taste of England at its best (could we just order some nice sunshine too please?)

Monday, 14 July 2014

Wash day

 My washing line was looking very Victorian today, with several pairs of bloomers, a camisole, frilly shirt and two pairs of handmade sleeves. Some of these I wear and some will be for sale. A good wind meant that they were dry in half an hour.

I have started to plant up some containers for the terrace outside my bedroom. It gets full sun for most of the day, so anything I put out there needs to be able to withstand hot, dry conditions, especially when I go away and I'm not there to water. 

So things like lavender, sage, thyme, sedums, Bladder campion, pinks, Tanacetum, succulents and any silvery leaved plants should do pretty well. I'm also avoiding anything that snails eat! I've used old galvanised buckets and other containers recently found at antique fairs. 

 Alongside the wall I've put this large galvanised tub and planted it with two old fashioned roses: 'William Shakespeare' and 'Mary Rose', both of which smell heavenly; plus a few other pink and white flowered plants. I so enjoy going out onto my terrace in the morning and seeing how things are growing, I don't think I could live without a garden of some sort. In another life I would like to be a garden designer.......

Back in the studio I've been messing around with bits again....

It's great to keep a jar for all those little offcuts that would otherwise get thrown away.

 I experimented making a garland....

 and then moved on to some hearts stuffed with thistledown and home-grown lavender......

I hope you are all enjoying your summer x x x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A Garden of Roses

I have been travelling around in my van for some weeks over the last two months, partly selling at Fairs and partly enjoying seeing this beautiful country of ours, and undoubtedly one of the highlights of my latest trip was visiting Great Chalfield Manor near Melksham in Wiltshire.

It is so quintessentially English and romantic; a medieval moated manor house with walled gardens, topiary and sumptuous planting.

Above all, the garden was just dripping with roses; in the borders, climbing the walls, smothering the trees.... it reminded me of the description of the moment when Mary Lennox first passes through the door into the Secret Garden (though of course Mary sees the garden in winter, in its dormant state, but knows what beauty is to come): 

'It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of climbing roses, which were so thick that they were matted together. All the ground was covered with grass of a wintry brown, and out of it grew clumps of bushes which were surely rose-bushes if they were alive. There were numbers of standard roses which had so spread their branches that they were like little trees. There were other trees in the garden, and one of the things which made the place look strangest and loveliest was that climbing roses had run all over them and swung down long tendrils which made light swaying curtains, and here and there they had caught at each other or at a far-reaching branch and had crept from one tree to another and made lovely bridges of themselves.'

                                           Frances Hodgson Burnett

 The Manor is currently being used in the filming of Hilary Mantel's novel 'Wolf Hall', as the home of Thomas Cromwell. I look forward to seeing that when it comes out!